Ask Sid: Italian Wine Certifications

April 1st, 2015
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Italian Wine DOC

Question: Thanks Sid for the useful information on French wine appellation “protegee”. Would you kindly please update as well on Italian wine classifications?

Answer: The latest stats at the end of 2014 shows 523 quality wines recognized as follows:

DOCG – 73 with Controlled Designation of Origin Guaranteed  These are the highest produced in specific geographic wine regions already classified under DOC for at least 5 years.

DOC – 332 with Controlled Designation of Origin. This certifies that the wine has been produced from grapes harvested from a specific delimited wine area in accordance with specific production protocol.

IGT – 118 for wines with Protected Geographical Indication. These are for quality table wines from wider wine regions with a less restrictive protocol. Note it is also interesting that Italy presently also has 269 food products with recognition:

DOP (PDO in English) – 161 Protected Designation of Origin. Produced, processed and prepared in a given geographical area using recognised

IGP (PGI in English)   –  106 Protected Geographical Indication. Closely linked to the geographical area with at least one of the stages of production, processing or preparation taking place there.

STG (TSG in English) –  2 Traditional Specialities Guarantee. Traditional character. There is the European brand of the green leaf BIO symbol for Organic agro-food products for foods and since 2010 for wines.

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April 1st, 2015

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